Babingtonite on Prehnite
Hongquizhen Quarry, Meigu Co., Liangshan, Sichuan Province, China
Miniature, 4.8 x 4.2 x 2.8 cm
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A very choice miniature. Botryoidal, green prehnite contrasts nicely with tabular, doubly terminated crystals of lustrous, black babingtonite, to 2.4 cm across. The babingtonite crystals occur in a cluster at the apex of a knoll of prehnite. This is a fantastic miniature which any advanced collector would have happily paid thousands of dollars to own were it from the old US locales where a very similar association has formed. luster on these crystals is high, and the faces are all sharp and unetched or discolored as with some babingtonite from this locality. These remarkable specimens, where even the mid-range material is better than the best of species EVER seen from anywhere else, come out of a very small, previously insignificant quarry that, according to, is simply worked by the local farmers. Who knows how long this run will last?